King John: Second Series (Arden Shakespeare)

By William Shakespeare

The Arden Shakespeare is the verified variation of Shakespeare's paintings. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and priceless observation, Arden publications you a richer knowing and appreciation of Shakespeare's performs. This variation of King John offers, a transparent and authoritative textual content, specified notes and statement at the similar web page because the textual content, a whole advent discussing the severe and old historical past to the play and appendices providing assets and suitable extracts.

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The Unicorn

By Iris Murdoch

A very good legendary drama approximately well-meaning humans trapped in a battle of non secular forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a beautiful lady in a distant citadel, turns into acutely aware that her service provider is a prisoner, not just of her obsessions, yet of an unforgiving husband.

Hannah, the Unicorn, doubtless a picture of persecuted advantage, fascinates those that encompass her, a few of whom plan to rescue her from her dream of redemptive ache. yet is she an blameless sufferer, a responsible lady, a mad lady, or a witch? Is her non secular existence rather a few evil attraction? If she is forcibly liberated will she die? the normal, good humans live to tell the tale, and are by no means definite whether or not they have understood.

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Up at the Villa

By W. Somerset Maugham

Now a huge movie from united states motion pictures starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn, and director Philip Haas (director of Angels and Insects).

In Up on the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a prosperous younger English lady who reveals herself faced fairly brutally by way of the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and wealthy buddy asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and makes a decision to put off her answer a number of days.  But riding into the hills above Florence on my own that night, Mary bargains a trip to a good-looking stranger.  And without warning, her lifestyles is totally, irrevocably altered.

For this stranger is a refugee of struggle, and he harbors multiple kind of passion.  Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she's going to be pressured to hunt suggestion and the help of an unsavory guy, and he or she must face the reality approximately her personal yearnings.  Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up on the Villa is a masterful story of temptation and the capricious nature of destiny.

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A Legacy (New York Review Books Classics)

By Brenda Wineapple

A Legacy is the story of 2 very assorted households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding participants of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a pal of Goethe between their unique ancestors. no longer that this proud legacy skill a lot of something to them anymore. safe of their large city apartment, they commit themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, wealthy yet no longer wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households may be surprisingly, certainly fatally, entwined. 

Set throughout the run-up to international warfare I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is attractive, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable photograph of a doomed means of life.

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Black Mischief

By Evelyn Waugh

"We are growth and the hot Age. not anything can stand in our way." while Oxford-educated Emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African country of Azania, he has a tricky task on his arms. His matters are ill-informed and unruly, and corruption, double-dealing, and bloodshed are rife. although, via Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, Seth plans to introduce his humans to the civilized methods of the west-but will it's so simple as that?
Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of home made foreign money, the staging of a "Birth regulate Gala," the rightful ruler's loss of life at his personal really lengthy and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a great deal extra mischief.

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre

By William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was once an English poet, playwright, and actor, commonly considered as the best author within the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. he's referred to as England's nationwide poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, together with collaborations, include nearly 38 performs, 154 sonnets, lengthy narrative poems, and some different verses, a few of doubtful authorship. His performs were translated into each significant residing language and are played extra usually than these of the other playwright.

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

By Barbara Comyns

Fiction. this can be the tale of the Willoweed kin and the English village during which they stay. It starts off mid-flood, geese swimming within the drawing-room home windows, "quacking their approval" as they sail round the room. "What approximately my rose beds?" calls for Grandmother Willoweed. Her son shouts down her ear-trumpet that the backyard is submerged, lifeless animals all over, she's going to be fortunate to get a host. Then the miller drowns himself...then the butcher slits his throat...and a chain of grotesque deaths plagues the villagers. The newspaper asks, "Who might be keen about this deadly insanity next?" via all of it, Comyns' particular voice weaves a textual content as significant because it is terrible, as attractive because it is merciless. initially released in England in 1954, this "overlooked small masterpiece" is a twisted, tragicomic gem.

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The Accidental Woman

By Jonathan Coe

Detached through selection, indecisive through nature, Maria ploughs her means via fifteen years of womanhood, not able to determine what the entire fuss is ready. Will she ever have the ability to direct the process her personal lifestyles, or will it finish because it all started - unintentionally? Jonathan Coe's first novel, which brought an excellent new expertise to English fiction.

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Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature

By Jennifer Richards

The paintings of dialog was once greatly believed to were encouraged via the republican thinker Cicero. spotting his impression on courtesy literature (the major resource for "civil conversation"), Jennifer Richards finds new methods of brooding about humanism as a venture of linguistic and social reform. Richards explores the curiosity in civil dialog between mid-Tudor humanists, John Cheke, Thomas Smith and Roger Ascham, in addition to their self-styled successors, Gabriel Harvey and Edmund Spencer.

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